Battlefield tours - Self-Drive tours to the Somme and Ypres battlefields of the Great War First World War 1914-1918
We are one of the longest-standing companies specialising in small-group tours to the Somme and Ypres battlefields. Having taken over 300 groups on tours to the battlefields of WW1 we have now transferred that expertise to a Self-Drive format so that you can explore these battlefields on your own or with family or friends, without being tied to a coach tour. Unsure? Maybe see what travellers said when they returned! In a nut-shell you chose when you wish to travel and for how long. You take your car and we arrange your hotel accommodation, Channel crossing and, most importantly of all, we provide you with our acclaimed self-drive Somme and/or Ypres battlefield guides - your ‘window to the past’, including all the directions, maps etc you’ll need. No other self-drive guides have so much detail and are so easy to follow! Please read on. . .
Welcome to Somme Battlefield Tours Ltd, the specialist in Self-Drive tours to the Somme and Ypres battlefields of the Great War 1914-1918
Battlefield tours - Self-Drive tours to the Somme and Ypres battlefields of the Great War First World War 1914-1918 Battlefield tours - Self-Drive tours to the Somme and Ypres battlefields of the Great War First World War 1914-1918
As you may already have found, there are many companies offering battlefield tours, especially at the centenary of the Great War spanning 2014-2018. Our tours however are quite different. It’s only when you receive our guide pack that you realise just how different and how detailed our self-drive guides are (a comment we receive time after time). Our self- drive guides are also much more detailed and easier to follow compared with other self-drive options. From my personal experience, visiting the battlefields of the Great War is quite a moving experience, an experience best appreciated in the company of close friends or family (or alone), without any restrictions such as the rigid timetable of a coach tour dictating the pace. It can be quite frustrating to see the battlefields passing before your eyes without being able to stop wherever and whenever you want to stop, and to explore where you want to explore. The freedom to truly comprehend the impact of the battlefields at your own pace, equipped with your own detailed ‘then and now’ guide(s), is what I always set out to achieve, and perhaps what today sets our tours apart. Rather than me clutter up this page (as I tend to do…), please follow the menu links at the top (left) of the page to find out more about the Self-Drive tours we specialise in organising, so that you just ‘pack and go’ leaving us to make all the arrangements and to provide you with the best Self-Drive guide available. Thank you for visiting our website which we designed and built ourselves so it’s completely free of all the tracking ‘cookies’, adverts and other nonsense which bedevil us today. James Power Managing Director and owner Somme Battlefield Tours Ltd (Established 1996) James Power is an Associate Member of the Guild of Battlefield Guides and Western Front Association
Vanity Fair Best Batlefield Tour
Battlefield tours - Self-Drive tours to the Somme and Ypres battlefields of the Great War First World War 1914-1918
From Diane Kenwood Editor Women's Weekly It was a profoundly moving and fascinating trip, which, thanks to your stunningly detailed and thorough organisation went without a hitch. . . Your attention to detail is astonishing. . . You really did bring every location to life in the most fantastic way. (I loved your personal remarks dotted through the commentary). It was so marvellous to be able to do everything at our own pace and spend however long, or short, a time as we chose at the places we stopped. Thank you so much for everything - for your help in the early stages sorting out what the best itinerary and approach would be, for organising all the bookings and for the brilliant support packs. I have raved about your company to everyone I've spoken to since my return (and will definitely write about it in the magazine) and I know at least one person who's definitely going to book through you as a result. I hope you get inundated with bookings!
Country Life "If you're fiercely independent, you could do no better than to sign up for the highly acclaimed self-guided tours provided by James Power. His painstakingly researched itineraries are the work of a master logistician"
Somme Battlefield Tours Ltd Wimborne Dorset BH21 1EJ Tel: +44 (0) 7776 195773 or +44 (0) 1202 840520 info@battlefield-tours.com
The Sunday Telegraph The only Self-Drive company to be nominated ‘Best Battlefield Tour’
Please click the poppy to hear one of the most moving readings of Col John McCae’s 1915 poem ‘In Flanders Fields’
We’re in the process of adding 360 degree images of the sites our Self- Drive Ypres and Somme guides will take you to. Look out for the below logo on our Itineraries page for the first few (click this example to see the Menin Gate). More will be added as whenever we get to visit the battlefileds.
DON’T LET BREXIT PUT YOU OFF TRAVELLING! Whatever the outcome, taking your car to France and Belgium will still be easy. If there’s a ‘deal’ then things will most likely stay as they are today. If ‘no deal’ then you’ll just need 6 months left on your passport, a Driving Permit at just £5 from your Post Office (translates your licence) and a ‘Green Card’ for your vehicle insurance - which insurers are already providing every day. Channel crossing bookings are operating as normal - driving in France & Belgium is as fun as always! So don’t worry. . .don’t let a few really simple formalities put you off!!!
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Welcome to Somme Battlefield Tours Ltd, the specialist in Self-Drive tours to the Somme and Ypres battlefields of the Great War 1914-1918 (click a poppy…)
We are one of the longest-standing companies specialising in small-group tours to the Somme and Ypres battlefields. Having taken over 300 groups on tours to the battlefields of WW1 we have now transferred that expertise to a Self-Drive format so that you can explore these battlefields on your own or with family or friends, without being tied to a coach tour. Not sure? Maybe see what travellers said when they returned from a Self-Drive tour! In a nut-shell you chose when you wish to travel and for how long. You take your car and we arrange your hotel accommodation, Channel crossing and, most importantly of all, we provide you with our acclaimed self-drive Somme and/or Ypres battlefield guides - your ‘window to the past’, including all the directions, maps etc you’ll need. No other self-drive guides have so much detail and are so easy to follow! Please read on. . .
Battlefield tours - Self-Drive tours to the Somme and Ypres battlefields of the Great War First World War 1914-1918
As you may already have found, there are many companies offering battlefield tours, especially at the centenary of the Great War spanning 2014-2018. Our tours however are quite different. It’s only when you receive our guide pack that you realise just how different and how detailed our self-drive guides are (a comment we receive time after time). Our self-drive guides are also much more detailed and easier to follow compared with other self-drive options. From my personal experience, visiting the battlefields of the Great War is quite a moving experience, an experience best appreciated in the company of close friends or family (or alone), without any restrictions such as the rigid timetable of a coach tour dictating the pace. It can be quite frustrating to see the battlefields passing before your eyes without being able to stop wherever and whenever you want to stop, and to explore where you want to explore. The freedom to truly comprehend the impact of the battlefields at your own pace, equipped with your own detailed ‘then and now’ guide(s), is what I always set out to achieve, and perhaps what today sets our tours apart. Rather than me clutter up this page (as I tend to do…), please follow the menu links at the top (left) of the page to find out more about the Self-Drive tours we specialise in organising, so that you just ‘pack and go’ leaving us to make all the arrangements and to provide you with the best Self-Drive guide available. Thank you for visiting our website which we designed and built ourselves so it’s completely free of all the tracking ‘cookies’, adverts and other nonsense which bedevil us today. James Power Managing Director and owner Somme Battlefield Tours Ltd (Established 1996) James Power is an Associate Member of the Guild of Battlefield Guides and Western Front Association
Somme Battlefield Tours Ltd Wimborne Dorset BH21 1EJ +44 (0) 7776 195773 or +44 (0) 1202 840520 info@battlefield-tours.com
DON’T LET BREXIT PUT YOU OFF TRAVELLING! Whatever the outcome, taking your car to France and Belgium will still be easy. If there’s a ‘deal’ then things will most likely stay as they are today. If ‘no deal’ then you’ll just need 6 months left on your passport, a Driving Permit just £5 from your Post Office (translates your licence) and a ‘Green Card’ for your vehicle insurance - which insurers are already providing every day. So don’t worry. . .don’t let a few really simple formalities put you off!!!
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